“What about us” aims to empower local community voices.
It is currently being thought of in three phases, with various activity taking place at each phase. Each phase is subject to funding
Phase 1 Launch Event Bringing together communities
When? 30th March
What? A day of workshops, seminars and public performances at the Bathway Theatre, Woolwich.
Proposed Schedule TBC
Introducing the day
Local community led discussion
Workshop - Community participant workshop around local questions
Workshop lead by Dead Rabbits theatre. The workshop will focus on confidence and storytelling and begins to share their professional practices of theatre making with participants
Lunch. Food allows time to talk and get to know each other
“My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice” – A sharing of Dead Rabbits Award winning work
Q&A about project.
Final Thoughts and Good Byes
Event End / Building Closes
Phase 2 Sharing Local Stories, Local Skills
This phase is about running activities with specific communities as identified by community partners from the Diversity Conference in October and from the academic community of Greenwich University.
It will include a series of performance workshops which:
- Build peoples confidence through song and music, run by Galeforce Productions Universal Ltd.
- Empower Young People (post 14) to express themselves, manage emotions and feel a part of the decisions which directly affect them through rap and spoken word The ROMEL Foundation.
- Understand the potential barriers of those leaving care who wish to ove on to Higher Education and / or employment post 16- through verbatim storytelling workshops University of Greenwich.
Phase 3 From Local to the National and International Stage
Using the Bathway Theatre Network and European Reminiscence Networks “Open European Societies” programme, which includes project partners from 10 European Countries, to gather and disseminate work which tackles the separate concepts of terrorism and migration, exacerbation of xenophobia, religious intolerance and discrimination and the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment.
Work aims to be locally shared through work in progress performances from professional artist and conference discussion.
To bring on board academic partners from across the University of Greenwich, who are experts in qualitative data analysis to help evaluate and monitor project success.
Use this wider knowledge to help ensure that solutions identified to local concerns are well thought through, fit for purpose and make a real difference to peoples lives.